The Heisman Trophy fraud of 2009.

12/14/09 in NCAAF   |   gobigblue1960   |   4802 respect

Mark Ingram of Alabama was awarded the 2009 Heisman Trophy on Saturday, becoming the first Crimson Tide player to win the award in the 75 year history of the Heisman, and winning the award in the closest vote ever, by 28 points over second place Toby Gerhart of Stanford.
28 points. Toby Gerhart was so close, and yet he could have easily won the award if not for what can be called nothing more than fraudulent voters.
What, fraud.? Yes, that's how i see it.
Now, i have no problem with Ingram winning the Heisman, but a closer look at the bottom of the voting shows why Gerhart, and his teammates, and coaches, should be upset.
14 Heisman ballots included Notre Dame WR Golden Tate, who received 2 first place votes, 3  second place votes, and 9 third place votes, for a total of 21 points.
Mark Gilyard, from Cincinnati, received 2 first place votes, 2 second place votes, and 13 third place votes, for a total of 23 votes.
So, that's 44 points total for Tate and Gilyard, and that vote total would have made up the difference between the two players, and Gerhart would have won the Heisman.
Now, i know that those votes could have went to any of the other players who also received votes, but the problem is that these two players should have never received any votes at all.
Golden Tate.? Mark Gilyard.? Are you kidding me.? The Heisman voters who placed these names on the ballot should be held accountable, even if the votes were made by Heisman winners.
Now, if these voters wanted to recognize Tate and Gilyard, that's fine, but they are not in the top three players in the country. The voters who placed these players in the top three should have their voting privilege taken away. Two first place votes for Tate, 2 more for Gilyard. Ridiculous.
The Heisman Trophy voting should be held to the highest standard possible, and that is clearly not happening.
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